Symphyotrichum novae anglaie
New England Aster
Soil: well drained sand to loam
Moisture: Prefers moister areas but can take a little drought if planted with some shade.
Size: Ht 2’ Wd 1-2’
Bloom time: August to October
Bloom description: Lovely purple flowers. Looks wonderful planted with goldenrods.
Faunal Associations: Provides last season nectar and pollen for many butterflies and male bees who take in nectar while waiting for a female for mating. Often seen are Small Carpenter Bees, Bumble Bees, Leafcutter Bees, Green Sweat Bees and Long Horned Bees. Larval host plant for Pearl Crescent butterfly and Canadian Sonia Moth.